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UA FinBoard sponsors shuttle to Logan Airport

By Irene C. Kuo

The Undergraduate Association Finance Board is sponsoring MIT's first Thanksgiving shuttle service from the dormitories to Logan Airport on Wednesday, according to FinBoard member Ephraim Lin '90.

Patrons will pay $3 when they board, with priority for places going to undergraduates. FinBoard will absorb the difference between revenues and the $1600 it is paying Dewitt Transportation Co. for the service, according to Arvind Lakshminarayana '92, FinBoard member.

"We anticipate a fairly good response," Lin said. "We expect to cover the costs through ticket sales." Should profits be made, they will go to a fund for holiday shuttles.

"The shuttle is a service to students," Lin added. "We don't expect to make much money from it."

Mini-vans with 25-person capacity will pick students up outside McCormick Hall, MacGregor House, and Senior House on a first-come, first-serve basis between 9 am and 8 pm on Wednesday. From 2 pm until 8 pm, four vans will be in service, leaving MIT every 30 minutes. The schedule will work out such that one bus will always be on campus, Lin said.

No stops will be made outside independent living groups in Boston because of difficulty maneuvering around Boston and because of anticipated lower demand from fraternity members, although Lakshminarayana expects them to hear about the service.

FinBoard distributed 2500 surveys to dormitories and fraternities in order to gauge interest. Three hundred students responded, half saying that they were going to the airport. Eighty to 90 percent of respondents were willing to pay $2 or more for shuttle service; 50 percent were willing to pay at least $5. "Basically, the surveys showed that students were willing to pay something," Lin said.

The Thanksgiving shuttle service, which was first proposed by last year's FinBoard chairman, remains an experiment, Lakshminarayana stressed. If it is successful, the board may sponsor runs during Christmas and spring break, he said; shuttles to New York City and Washington, DC, during Christmas are other possibilities.